Jaap Flier

(b. 1934)

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(b Scheveningen, 27 Feb. 1934)

Dutch dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied with Gaskell and made his debut in 1950 with Ballet Recital before moving to Netherlands Ballet. Here he danced the classical repertory as well as creating his first ballet, The Trial (1955). In 1959 he became a founder member of Nederlands Dans Theater and as one of its principal dancers created many roles including the lead in Tetley's The Anatomy Lesson (1964). He also choreographed several ballets including Nouvelles aventures (mus. Ligeti, 1968) and Hi-kyo (mus. Kazuo Fukushima, 1971). Between 1973 and 1975 he was director of Australian Dance Theatre and between 1975 and 1976 he directed Sydney Dance Company. He subsequently returned to the Netherlands to teach, choreograph and give occasional performances. He was made Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau, in 1968.

Subjects: Dance.

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